Some demolition!

Our house is a traditional 1960s rambler style house, and one of the things that has bugged me about it for a long time is a little half-wall right inside the front door. It’s been somewhat useful to have, but it breaks up the living room area in a weird way and made the entryway feel small. So on Sunday, we decided to get rid of it once and for all.

IMG_1619Thankfully, removing a half-wall is pretty straightforward. You simply bash out the wall portion, and then use a sawzall to cut through the nails holding the mounting studs. I had the main section of the wall pulled down in about 20 minutes. Doing the final touches took a little bit longer since I had to get my blade behind the stud on the wall to cut the nails away. I also ran into a weird issue on the other end of the wall, where the stud was mounted all the way into the floor joists, almost as if it was a load bearing wall. I had to cut it off as low as I could, since I wasn’t about to tear into joists.

IMG_1625Once I had everything cleared away and cleaned up, it was time to put in a new piece of wood to take the place of the missing floor. We’re getting a new tile floor put in this winter, but until then we just needed something flat to cover with rugs. I got a 3/4″ piece of fiberboard and cut it to size and screwed it down. I then took an old left-over piece of drywall and mounted it to the wall so we can start taping and mudding it back into a presentable fashion.

It took a few hours to get it all done, and a few trips to Home Depot (of course), but in the end I love what it does to the room. The living room feels like a completely different place, and the entryway space now feels like it’s own area. When we put down some nice ceramic tile over the winter it will help to create a great flow between the rooms, and give us a LOT more space to use as an entry/mudroom type space. We’re going to add some nice storage, and a bench, to complete the entryway feel.

Felt great to do some of this work myself, despite being sore today. Looking forward to the next step in the process.



Beer, running, and geeky things.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s